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Chocolate Letters | December 2012 [Mar. 17th, 2013|03:40 pm]
Maria Doreuli
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In december 2012 we finished our chocolate letter assignment with Erik van Blokland.

There is a very nice Dutch tradition to eat chocolate letters when celebrating Sinterklaas http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/chocolate-letters/. So production part should have been made in a certain period of time, around 5th of december.

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Process stages:
1. working on a clay prototype, following certain parameters:
— max. thickness: around 20 mm
— max. size: A5 (depending on the size of the vacuum machine you have)

2. drying the prototype (depending on a size and thickness can take several days)
— fixing the shapes after drying
— polishing the surface

3. making plastic mould, using vacuum machine

4. making a real chocolate letter by casting melted chocolate in a plastic mould
(you use any type of chocolate and also mix them together for a marble effect)

5. cooling the letter

6. eating the letter :)

There some advanced tricks for getting a perfect chocolate with no scurf, but I was more interested in shape development, so that part did not bother me that much.

An idea for the shape
the idea about the shape came from one of my type cookers

Clay process
getting started with the clay

Clay process

Clay process
I made 2 versions, because the first one had too thin connections which broke while drying (that first one became then a stencil)

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clay letters are preparing for the vacuum

Vacuum machine

Vacuum machine

Vacuum machine

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Mould
mould is ready

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finally — lovely milky stencil [g]

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Here you can see letters from my classmate: http://teotuominen.tumblr.com

A wider overview on the theme: http://fontfeed.com/archives/typemedia2011-chocolate-letters/

video by Erik van Blokland:
http://vimeo.com/2389851#

video by Yanone:
http://vimeo.com/17692718
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Comments:
[User Picture]From: moscow_subway
2013-05-09 11:48 pm (UTC)
Мария, как с вами можно связаться?
Я писал вам на ящик жж, но так и не получил ответа.

С уважением,
Вячеслав.
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